KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — Eggs Benedict and French toast may be trendy but sometimes we crave for a traditional local breakfast of kaya toast accompanied with wobbly half-boiled eggs. Wash it down with a cup of freshly-brewed local coffee and you have a perfect start to the day.
Usually, the coffee shops will use traditional brown-topped loaves that boast of a fine crumb with a pillow soft texture. Some also opt for soft buns or even the healthier wholemeal version.
Nowadays, the messy charcoal fire used to toast bread has been replaced with modern appliances like the toaster oven. The toast will be spread with kaya with slivers of cold butter placed between the toast that will melt when you munch on it.
Accompanying that slightly dry kaya toast is your creamy soft-boiled eggs. Most times, the eggs are served in a makeshift hot water bath — stainless steel mug filled with hot water and covered with a plate. Some places prefer to use a more modern contraption that slowly drains the hot water which doubles up as the timer. Fish the eggs out and crack them to get wobbly whites with a soft golden yolk.
Add a dash of soy sauce plus a sprinkle of ground white pepper and you have your dip with a hint of savouriness that pairs so well with the sweet kaya toast. Rounding up your simple treat is a cup of hot coffee made by “filtering” with the traditional muslin sock.
Kedai Kopi Eng Ann
No. 1, Jalan Kasawari 5
Taman Eng Ann, Klang
Open: 7am to 3pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Worthy of a drive down to Klang, this corner coffee shop serves aromatic coffee with a smooth taste and a hint of smokiness thanks to an unusual double roasting of its coffee beans with butter. That old fashioned style is a legacy of the second generation owners since their father started this business in 1963 under the name of Heng Lee Coffee Shop.
Pair your cuppa with a toasted bun or steamed bread with kaya and butter. Ask for half boiled kampung eggs with their distinct white eggshells and brighter orange yolks. The coffee shop also does brisk business for its chicken rice and nasi lemak.
Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea
ICC, Jalan 1/77C, Pudu, KL
Open: 5.30am to 2pm. Closed on Mondays.
Relocated from its previous premises in Imbi, this place has been serving breakfast to KL-ites since 1964. The Hainanese family serve a rich Hainanese brew of tea and coffee or cham that goes perfectly with their toasted bread or buns slathered with kaya and cold butter. Your eggs come in a stainless steel jug of hot water so fish them out yourself and crack them for wobbly half-boiled eggs to accompany your breakfast.
Chong Kok Kopitiam
5, Jalan Stesen, Kawasan 1, Klang
Open: 7am to 6pm. On Sundays, it closes at 2pm.
This is the grand dame of coffee shops in Klang where a muhibbah crowd gathers for their morning cuppa. In existence for 76 years, their bread and buns are still lightly toasted on a charcoal fire. They are served with a slice of cold butter and dollop of kaya. They also make a steamed fluffy version. The coffee served here is strong and smooth. Another must-eat is their nasi lemak. Come here for afternoon tea and you can pair that cup of aromatic coffee with their homemade baked cheesecakes.
Kedai Kopi Hiap Hing,
28, Jalan Sri Selayang,
Taman Sri Selayang,
Open: 6.30am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
This coffee shop traces its origins back to 1930 where it was started next to the Penang jetty. Later it moved to Air Hitam where the shop and its second branch are still in business. In the 1970s, the son of the original owner relocated to KL to start his own business. He opened this coffee shop that relocated here in 1994.
You will find that their coffee has an unusual fragrance as they use sesame in their recipe. It also has a smoother taste as they use a special order of condensed milk. Pair it with half-boiled eggs and their kaya toast that is not too sweet. There are also other choices as there are stalls selling chicken rice, chee cheong fun, wantan mee and char kway teow here.
Restoran Thong Kee Aman Suria
32A-1, Jalan PJU 1/3D
Sunway Mas Commercial Center, PJ
Open: 7am to 4pm. Closed on Mondays.
Hailing from Bentong, this coffee shop is popular for its 1+1, their own version of cham — a mix of tea and coffee with a frothy top. Unlike other spots, this version has a stronger tea aroma. Even their coffee tends to be milder than other places.
Pair it with their fluffy light-as-air kaya toast that is sandwiched with sticks of cold butter. You can also order the healthier wholemeal version or buns. The place also does a toasted croissant sandwich with a choice of ham and egg or cheese. They serve smaller kampung eggs in a hot water bath. Within the same premises, you can also order nasi lemak, fried beehoon, curry mee and pan mee from the other stalls. They also have a branch in Pandan Indah.